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Biografie

New Album "The Minor Key Club" Out in November 2012!

"Once upon a time a little songstress fell in love with music listening to her songwriter dad's piano (he used to put music to anglo-american poets' poems), her mum singing lullabies and generally being raised on her parents records (dylan, stones, joni mitchell,…). At 8 an old tape of a radio show called „the roaring 60s“ made a lasting impression – she decided to become a revolutionary (the tape started with „hippies, beat, riots, revolution,…“ and sounded very exciting). She also went on to inhale pop music history, became a beatles freak at 13, wearing only grey (it was the early 90s,you know), reading emily bronte and climbing trees. At 14 though she hijacked her dad's guitar, learned how to play and started writing songs (well… she didnt write her own lyrics at first but exploited her dad's poetry books and put new musical clothes to w.h. auden, t.s. eliot and the like). The lyrics started to flow at 18, when she moved to vienna and took to the open mic scene there. With her band the comrats she recorded the ep make me whole again in 2006. Laura & the comrats critically acclaimed debut cd" creating memories" was released in April 2010. At the Moment Laura is taking a break from the band and has recorded her solo cd "the minor key club" due in autumn 2012."

"So much for that. As for my songs, they are an attempt to see through the mess that i make out of my life sometimes (and thus embrace it). i love catchy tunes as well as good metaphors and images, there's nothing better… a constant theme are dialectics and contradictions – good and bad, dream and reality, up and down, bitter and sweet…. always been fascinated by the contradiction of sadness and happyness in popmusic - cos the great songs touch a nerve, make you happy and sad, usually both at the same time. apart from that, i'm a socialist and as such, i'm a member of the committee for a workers' international. have a look if we have members in your country and get active! we need to get rid of war, racism, unemployment, women's oppression and the like…"

Influences:

"Beatles, beatles, beatles, dylan, joni mitchell, fairport convention, sandy denny, billie holiday, nick drake, jackson browne, simon and garfunkel, michelle shocked, kinks, hollies, zombies, monkees, colin blunstone, dion dimucci, mike nesmith, micky newbury, melanie, small faces, moody blues, yardbirds, donovan, don mclean, james taylor, emmylou harris, early joan baez, tim hardin, early elton john, billy bragg, counting crows, r.e.m., stephen duffy, peter bruntnell, wallflowers, all sorts of 60s pop, smokey robinson & the miracles, ben e. king, the drifters, martha & the vandellas, blur, pulp, portishead, frames, ben folds, blind melon, springsteen, van morrison, csn&y, buffalo springfield, the who, 70s rock, colosseum, family, peter green, robert johnson, leadbelly, john prine, vashti bunyan, loudon wainwright III, townes van zandt, gillian welch, jackson c frank, ewan mccoll, debussy, bach, cole porter, charlie haden, laura nyro, all sorts of songwriters… the bronte sisters, w.h. auden, d. thomas, steinbeck, faulkner, ingeborg bachmann, jack kerouac, marx, engels, lenin, trotsky… i wish i could be: a minor chord or a good metaphor… i love: the wind in the trees, whipped cream on my coffee, city lights at night, picking my nose, the beatles and river
phoenix…"

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